Diocesan delegation accompanies bishop to leaders’ convocation

Area faithful can watch coverage on EWTN and CatholicTV

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Orlando, Fla. will be the meeting site for what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website (usccb.org) calls, “an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States.”

The convocation will run from July 1 through July 4, and faithful across the Diocese of Fall River will be able to watch key events of the gathering live on television on EWTN and CatholicTV, and also streamed live on each of the aforementioned networks’ websites (ewtn.com and catholictv.org) and at usccb.org.

Attending from the Fall River Diocese with Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., are: Diana Reeves, Beatriz Furtado, Berta Herrera, Marian Desrosiers, Beth Mahoney, Marie Chabot, Steve Meaney, Deacon Frank Lucca, Peter Marshall, Father David Frederici, Father John Murray, Peter Kortright, Deacon Joseph E. Regali, Mary Dwyer, Irene Frechette, and Claire McManus.

More than 3,000 people from 140 dioceses will take part.

The theme of the convocation is “The Joy of the Gospel in America.” The bishops’ website explains: “This has been an ongoing initiative of the Bishops’ Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person. The gathering will assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.”

According to the website, the inspiration for the gathering of Catholic leaders was inspired by Evandelii Gaudium: “The Convocation will form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.”

The opening Mass will be July 1 at 2 p.m. with a welcome by Bishop Edward Burns of the Diocese of Dallas. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York will be the main celebrant).

Day two will include morning and afternoon plenary sessions, and Sunday Mass at 4:30 p.m. with Archbishop Wilton Gregroy of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, as principal celebrant and homilist.

Day three will include a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at 9 a.m. led by Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, who will also be the celebrant and homilist of a Fortnight for Freedom Mass at 4:30 p.m.

July 4 will be highlighted by a closing keynote address by Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The final Liturgy is a “Mass of Sending: Mission and Going Forth,” with Cardinal DiNardo as the principal celebrant and homilist.

Each day will include breakout sessions and evening prayer and devotions.

Bishop da Cunha invites you to join him and the members of the delegation in prayer and reflection on these topics that are so important in the life of the church.  As we join in rebuilding the diocese in hope and faith, let us be united in prayer during this Convocation, so that the Holy Spirit will enkindle the fire of God’s love within the hearts of all.

 For a schedule of televised and/or streamed events, visit the EWTN , CatholicTV, or USCCB websites. To locate EWTN or CatholicTV in your area, contact your local cable provider.

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